Flood water receding; Kuttanad people on way back home
Alappuzha: “When the flood water rushed inside the house, we put a small bundle of paddy on top of the cot. After the sun showed up, what we did first was to dry the paddy. It is not enough for anything but it makes us happy,” says Kuttanad Nedumudi native Ajayakumar.
Ajayakumar returned from the relief camp in Cherthala and is fully engaged in cleaning up his house. All his family members are staying in various relief camps. Kuttanad natives are returning to their houses as the flood water receded. They are trying to regain what they lost in the flood disaster.
There is nothing remaining in the houses. Even the furniture was destroyed in the flood. People were staying in the relief camps until the Onam day. There were not much transportation facilities available. But the flood water started to recede from Monday onwards.
Thousands of locals who left the place with what all they could gather have started returning to their houses. They have been staying in relief camps in Alappuzha and premises for days. When the water transport department started free boat service, they were preparing to go back.
People returned to houses carrying cleaning equipment. The major challenge is the removal of slush dumped in the houses. It takes hours to clean the slush and mud. Many returned to camps after cleaning the houses till evening whereas some others decided to stay in houses though water has not fully dried up.